Cyndi, the ones that have tiny buds should bloom. As for
continuing bloom, it depends on the plant. Real old-fashioned
ones, which mine is, will continue to put out buds for a long
time - some years I have had blooms from before Christmas
until nearly Easter. In recent years nurseries have developed
varieties that put out a very heavy bloom all at once and then
don't repeat. They look spectacular when they are in bloom,
but when it's over, it's over. Since yours has a few blooms now
and still some buds, it will likely have a longer bloom period.
I think one reason this plant has only just begun to bloom this
year is that I really neglected it last summer. They like to be
given fresh soil and put outside in a shady place for the summer.
I didn't repot this one, and kept it in all summer, so it has been
reluctant to blossom. This is an offspring of a plant I used to see
in an old-people's home where we went to give church services
at least 40 years ago. That plant was massive - must have been
three feet across. I have never let one get that big - just keep it
to a 10" pot size - but I have given away many of its offspring.
In a message dated 2/14/2011 4:35:44 PM Eastern Standard Time,
Next time I gripe about how cold I am, when it's 25 degrees, I will have
to re-read this. Wow so much ice!
I had to look up Boweia, those are interesting looking plants.
I have a Christmas cactus too, never had one before but this summer I
was in the 99 cent store and they had a bunch of them in little 2" pots.
They must have been just potted up because they only had one rooted
segment and one more growing. But it's come a long way since June and it
bloomed this winter. I got 3 blooms but there are tiny buds on 3 other
sections; do you think they will flower too or is it a one-time deal
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